videobruce wrote: ↑Mon Oct 10, 2022 12:21 pm It went by Fairport according to the shot from the Fairport VRF camera.It was not on the West Shore, which is the track closest to these cameras. As was mentioned, they've been running these deliveries all the way to Buffalo on the NS Southern Tier and back onto CSX territory at CP-437.
I'm assuming it was on the West Shore at the time at Fairport. If that is correct what connection between the old EL Southern Tier and the WS is there left? Unless someone else has a better handle of it.
The only other viable option would have been to run up the Rochester Southern (ex B&O) from Silver Springs to Lincoln Park near CSX CP-373, but I don't think track conditions on that line are exactly great. From an old G&W ETT (2002) - MP 7.6 (about 1.5 miles TT South of Genesee Jct) TT North to Lincoln Park was considered "Other than Main Track" and limited to 10mph. I don't know what improvements have been made since then, but I can't imagine the track conditions would be great for such an expensive train.
Edit to add: Regarding double-ending the locomotives, I'm pretty sure this only happened on the runs to/from Pueblo, and not on the actual deliveries, so the extended reversing/change of direction likely happened on an interchange somewhere between Buffalo and Pueblo, since they'd be able to get out onto the Chicago line in either direction at Buffalo (Howard St Runner to CP-437 or Bison Runner to CP-DRAW). Still not sure why the double locos on the current delivery runs - maybe just as a backup to prevent breakdowns since a lot of the Southern Tier is single track?